9 Dead in North West Pakistan Floods

Floods have struck in the troubled region of North Waziristan in north west Pakistan, after several days of torrential rain.

The disaster comes just a few days after a bomb exploded on a roadside, killing at least 9 soldiers. Since then the region had been under curfew for 8 days until Friday 16 May 2014, when the heavy rain first began to fall.

Media reports claim that the rainfall caused the River Tochi to burst its banks. Farmland and local villages suffered. Eight people – believed to be members of the same family – died in the town of Datta Khel after flood waters caused their house to collapse. One other person has also been reported as killed in the flooding.

Many homes have been left without electricity. It is understood that the floods have left many people stranded. Local authorities have sent out additional rescue teams.

North Waziristan is a mountainous region of Pakistan which borders Afghanistan. The floods in the area follow several weeks of flooding and landslides in Afghanistan, the worst of which struck on 2 May 2014 in Abe Bareek village in Argo District, Badakhshan Province.

Mountains of North Waziristan
Mountains of North Waziristan, surrounded by rain clouds

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